Book Cover, New York, Places and Pleasures: An Uncommon Guidebook, 1958
This is a book cover. It was designed by Elaine Lustig Cohen and written by Kate Simon and photographed by Jay Maisel and made for (as the client) Meridian Books. It is dated 1958 and we acquired it in 1993. Its medium is lithograph on off-white wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.
Its dimensions are
H x W: 21 x 26.9 cm (8 1/4 x 10 9/16 in.)
It is inscribed
Printed in white, upper back cover: NEW YORK / PLACES & PLEASURES / an uncommon guidebook / KATE SIMON / drawings by Bob Gill; in black, orange sign at back cover: New York needs an uncommon guidebook. Most New / Yorkers, most outlanders, most overlanders, most high- / style visitors and jet plane arrivals consider the tradi- / tional street-by-street historical guidebook both too / prosaic and unspeakably ordinary to be used. NEW / YORK PLACES & PLEASURES is therefore uncommon, / or as Webster observes with dash, "uncommon; unusual / . . . rare; hence, remarkable." / What could be more remarkable than a guidebook / which guides by insinuation, tempting one sotto voce / with the odd street, the unknown bargain trove, the / characters always on view, the fiestas, foods, sights, / places, and pleasures of present-day New York. It's all / there -- the known and the unknown, the trod and the untrod, the beat and the offbeat, the ordinary and the / bizarre -- with names and addresses where necessary, / times of opening and closing where pertinent, prices / where conventional or alarming. / NEW YORK PLACES & PLEASURES is intended to be / an active cicerone; it is also an agreeable substitute / for lazy New Yorkers and outlanders who may never / make the pilgrimage. / NEW YORK PLACES & PLEASURES is also available in / a clothbound edition ($3.50).; in white, lower back cover: AN ORIGINAL MERIDIAN GIANT; in white, along spine: NEW YORK PLACES & PLEASURES KATE SIMON MERIDIAN; in black and white, across front cover: KATE SIMON / an uncommon guidebook / ONE WA / NEW / YORK / PLACES & / PLEASURES; in black, at bottom: MERIDIAN BOOKS MG 18 $1.95 Canada $2.10; in black, vertically at left edge of front cover: elaine lustig \ jay maisel
Cite this object as
Book Cover, New York, Places and Pleasures: An Uncommon Guidebook, 1958; Written by Kate Simon (American, born Poland, 1912 - 1990); USA; lithograph on off-white wove paper; H x W: 21 x 26.9 cm (8 1/4 x 10 9/16 in.); Gift of Tamar Cohen and Dave Slatoff; 1993-31-3